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Josef Gitschthaler584Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche WeihnachtenShopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0047 
Slooh121,173Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from AustraliaSlooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Annular Solar Eclipse from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary. As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world.Download the free Slooh iPad App: www.appstore.com/sloohSlooh Annular Eclipse Video: http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY#solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00359 

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Alessandro Folghera55,894TOP VIP SEO Circle #TopSEOSharedCircle #sharedcircle #SEO  #SEOMonsters  #SEOMasters #SearchEngineOptimization  Join me on:Linkedin : http://it.linkedin.com/pub/dir/alessandro/folgheraTwitter : https://twitter.com/folgheraFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/afolgheraFoursquare : https://it.foursquare.com/folgheraPinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/folghera/Instagram : http://instagram.com/folghera/To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Engage me2 - do +1 t the post3 - comment the post and give me the category you would prefer to belong (marketing, seo, photography, fashion ...)4 - include the circle among your circles5 - share the circle (include yourself)#SEO   #circleoftheday   #myseoissocial #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback 2014-12-21 08:43:39501000
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500000
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221130025
Gailen Mapes73,436Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-11 11:51:41177229
Serkan Mutan3,573"My Special Circle" 1. Add me to your circles ,if you haven’t done already2. Plus & share this circle in public3. Leave a comment ! warm regards....*☆´¨)  . ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨) Special Circle (.¸.•´ (¸.•`☆*+Abdul Rahman Mohammed +Aheste Beste +Allan Raymundo +Andrew Smith +angelic labru +Adevarata Romanca +Ahmet Bogush +Andreas Bradtke +Andrey Bogdanov +Angelika Wicke +Bernd Flicker +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Artem Kashkovskiy +Basia Schwartz +Beena Limaye +Bernd Hau +Birgit Backlund-Palander +Cyrelle K. +2014-12-07 21:03:46417457
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120849256
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451433270
John Nuntiatio52,421#newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-11-26 11:45:13257012
Amaresh Singh11Circle Of the DayTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.2014-11-21 09:58:32238546
Circles Circles Circles45,721SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43        #sciencecircle   #circleshare   #sharingcircles  2014-11-19 18:04:35106205
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,950SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.8; maintained by +Atanas Georgiev Atanasov  ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   2014-11-17 05:24:223625111
Serkan Mutan2,680My gOOOOgle Friends....#teamcircleshare #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2014-11-14 15:13:26495013
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,633SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS : CIRCLE V.7; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   #cars2014-11-13 05:47:40346101
Gailen Mapes71,115Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera 5 - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-11 11:53:11177003
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,550SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.6; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-10 06:22:16330123
Cableicous3,142Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-11-08 23:50:11262011
Ankit Gajjar1,967Awesome Photography Circle Share - Add yourself and pass it on...Note this circle share post will be deleted with in 24hrs.2014-11-08 13:35:50461001
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial#ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech#GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft#MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain#mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus#naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars #sharingiscaring  #Liver#sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia  #sports #Smartphones#tablets 2014-11-06 08:10:34369051
Sharon Caroline1,629Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463000
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362515
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407101
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov982Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453101
Cableicous3,143Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-11-01 22:26:2730000
Lexidh Solstad26,869October engagers circle! =) These are most of the people that has commented on my posts in October. Thank you for making it more fun to be here! 2014-11-01 10:35:46163000
Cableicous3,139Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 15th circle of 99 #cableicous  contributors - thank you, thank you and thank you.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-10-31 09:21:3499000
AyJay Schibig77,521ALL KINDS CIRCLE  10.29.14  by  +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be included.Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to give some variety to your circles!  #tsu  is a new social network that pays you for your content. If you  would like to join here is an invitation                http://www.tsu.co/ayjayphoto#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2014-10-30 06:29:23498434464
jany viala22,314Two circle, photographer who have been share with #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional    +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  By +jany viala   by  +Krzysztof Felczak  and by +Chauvin Gene  and  +Dorma Wiggin  For a selection with +A.P.A.P.Grand talent  by sharing +jany viala  Nouveau For amateur or professional photographer black and white . Post New page +A.P.A.P.Noir et Blanc, Black and White Monochrome  Organizer  +jany viala   Pour une sélection avec +A.P.A.P.Grand talent  par le partage + Jany For French photographer, or friends who come photographer visited France Post Sharing with New page  +A.P.A.P.Photo de France  Organizer by +jany viala  Pour une sélection avec +A.P.A.P.Grand talent  par le partage +jany viala  two great circle photographer +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional  for a great selection  +A.P.A.P.Grand talent   thank you .ki2014-10-26 18:59:54337224
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
Becky Collins17,500Top Active Engager's Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-13 05:05:40478002
Gailen Mapes68,908Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-11 11:21:21182217
Lexidh Solstad25,608My September Engagers circle! Thank you for making it more fun to be here on Google+ =) 2014-10-01 13:11:32180001
Kenneth Nicholson3,806Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2014-09-25 13:06:13485455179
Harry Day8,462Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-09-22 10:29:33495202645
Gert Jan Hermus35,331You are in one of my circles of photographers, bloggers, circle sharers and engagers!Reshare this one for the best result ;-)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #circleoftheday   #fridaycircle   #reshare   #5blkr  2014-09-19 19:00:35455182131
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Viktor Yegorov5,233Обмен кругами#круги   #обмен  #кругляши #круглим   #круги #Google+   #SharedCircles   #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles 2014-09-18 04:10:261441110
AyJay Schibig72,63821ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (1 of 2)  9.15.14 by  +AyJay Schibig Please ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-16 01:16:55422232033
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2014-12-07 10:44:07 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

What do I want for lunch?

I've been having fleeting and superficial fun the past day or so with the Internet and existentialism. 

Deciding what to have for lunch is an intriguing exercise under these aspects. Douglas Adams has several helpful thoughts about lunch:

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

and of course his more famous quote:

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so

All of which has led me to the inescapable conclusion that my decision of what to eat... more »

Most reshares: 18

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2014-11-10 08:26:47 (20 comments, 18 reshares, 195 +1s)Open 

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.

Most plusones: 465

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2014-11-11 07:47:15 (25 comments, 12 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)

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2014-12-24 11:02:54 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

A Monday in Munich

Here are some impressions from my Monday before Christmas in Munich. I got to meet an old friend and her family for the first time in many years. We clicked again right away.

The day was about being together, so we went wherever they were interested in going, which explains how a slob like myself wound up in front of a Karl Lagerfeld store. I don't really know much about him, except that he's a famous designer, but after seeing the store, I like his playful take on things. His Monster Cat Choupette and the Doctor Evil / Blofeld homage delighted me. Maybe fashionistas do have a sense of humor.

Also take a look at some of the metal figures from the Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor. Very nice work.  If I had been there earlier in the month, I probably would have gotten some as a gift, but I was already done with my shopping.

I... more »

A Monday in Munich

Here are some impressions from my Monday before Christmas in Munich. I got to meet an old friend and her family for the first time in many years. We clicked again right away.

The day was about being together, so we went wherever they were interested in going, which explains how a slob like myself wound up in front of a Karl Lagerfeld store. I don't really know much about him, except that he's a famous designer, but after seeing the store, I like his playful take on things. His Monster Cat Choupette and the Doctor Evil / Blofeld homage delighted me. Maybe fashionistas do have a sense of humor.

Also take a look at some of the metal figures from the Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor. Very nice work.  If I had been there earlier in the month, I probably would have gotten some as a gift, but I was already done with my shopping.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Tonight is the big festival for us in Germany. Maybe there will be photos of our tree (I put it up yesterday) with candle light. 

Enjoy your day and may it be filled with love and laughter!___

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2014-12-22 06:57:29 (23 comments, 7 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

Smartphone shots of Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt and River Main

The other day I went to Frankfurt to meet a couple of wonderful GPlussers for our annual Hobbit HIRL. I got there a bit early, so I wandered around down by the River Main and through the Weihnachtsmarkt. As my reason to visit had nothing to do with photography, I needed to use the camera I had with me, i.e. my S3. It's not a very good camera, but it at least gives you an impression.

Today, I'm off to Munich to meet a friend from high school, who's visiting Munich for 3 days (tomorrow is the last day). I should have already left, but the battery in one of our smoke alarms ran low during the night, so it started making those horrible beeping sounds. I think it was sometime between 3AM and 4AM. Anyway, I overslept.

The weather does not look promising today (starting out grey), but I'll take my... more »

Smartphone shots of Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt and River Main

The other day I went to Frankfurt to meet a couple of wonderful GPlussers for our annual Hobbit HIRL. I got there a bit early, so I wandered around down by the River Main and through the Weihnachtsmarkt. As my reason to visit had nothing to do with photography, I needed to use the camera I had with me, i.e. my S3. It's not a very good camera, but it at least gives you an impression.

Today, I'm off to Munich to meet a friend from high school, who's visiting Munich for 3 days (tomorrow is the last day). I should have already left, but the battery in one of our smoke alarms ran low during the night, so it started making those horrible beeping sounds. I think it was sometime between 3AM and 4AM. Anyway, I overslept.

The weather does not look promising today (starting out grey), but I'll take my DSLR and two lenses and hope for a break with good light.

Have a great Monday!___

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2014-12-16 08:04:15 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

JJ Abrams worthy?

A sunny evening in California. It was a good trip.

Still grey here, but it won't last forever. Have a great Tuesday!

JJ Abrams worthy?

A sunny evening in California. It was a good trip.

Still grey here, but it won't last forever. Have a great Tuesday!___

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2014-12-15 07:54:25 (16 comments, 12 reshares, 170 +1s)Open 

Optimism

Though the skies are grey and dreary, my weekend was full of colors. My neighbor unexpectedly gave me a bucket of tulip bulbs. Yes, it's December, but this year has been quite mild, so naturally I prepared a bed and planted bulbs.

I don't know what I planted. It doesn't matter, because it's the act of imagining what will come from them that makes things better. I know not when they will blossom, nor do I know their colors or shapes. It will be a beautiful, wonderful surprise when they greet me some Spring morning and this makes the grey day and the effort worthwhile a hundred times over. 

Have a great start to the week! 

Optimism

Though the skies are grey and dreary, my weekend was full of colors. My neighbor unexpectedly gave me a bucket of tulip bulbs. Yes, it's December, but this year has been quite mild, so naturally I prepared a bed and planted bulbs.

I don't know what I planted. It doesn't matter, because it's the act of imagining what will come from them that makes things better. I know not when they will blossom, nor do I know their colors or shapes. It will be a beautiful, wonderful surprise when they greet me some Spring morning and this makes the grey day and the effort worthwhile a hundred times over. 

Have a great start to the week! ___

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2014-12-13 10:59:55 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Finally, #Caturday has arrived. My brief foray into the absurdities of existentialism turned up this gem. The hardest part was waiting almost a full week to share it with you. 

Two delicious minutes that I highly recommend. Where else will you see the white idiot writhes on his chair, begging for cheeseburgers ? Does it not perfectly capture modern life in the "first world"?

Finally, #Caturday has arrived. My brief foray into the absurdities of existentialism turned up this gem. The hardest part was waiting almost a full week to share it with you. 

Two delicious minutes that I highly recommend. Where else will you see the white idiot writhes on his chair, begging for cheeseburgers ? Does it not perfectly capture modern life in the "first world"?___

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2014-12-12 18:43:39 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

MIT

No, not that MIT. Those folks are smart. We're discussing M ale I diocy T heory. I'm pleased to report that theBMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal ) published an analysis of sex differences in Darwin Award winners. 

There are some priceless quotes in here:

very good
their action ensures the long-term survival of the species, by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive

most excellent
nominees must improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race using astonishingly stupid methods

Examples

Honorable Mention (excluded from the analysis)
man who slipped when using a belt sander as an auto-erotic device and lost a testicle. Repairing his scrotum with a staple gun, ... failing to eliminate himself completely from the gene pool
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MIT

No, not that MIT. Those folks are smart. We're discussing M ale I diocy T heory. I'm pleased to report that theBMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal ) published an analysis of sex differences in Darwin Award winners. 

There are some priceless quotes in here:

very good
their action ensures the long-term survival of the species, by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive

most excellent
nominees must improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race using astonishingly stupid methods

Examples

Honorable Mention (excluded from the analysis)
man who slipped when using a belt sander as an auto-erotic device and lost a testicle. Repairing his scrotum with a staple gun, ... failing to eliminate himself completely from the gene pool

Winning Entries

Look, I'll prove it to you
shot himself in the head with a “spy pen” weapon to show his friend that it was real.

The Idiocy is strong with this one
terrorist who posted a letter bomb with insufficient postage stamps and who, on its return, unthinkingly opened his own letter

Hey y'all, hold my beer and watch this!
three men who played a variation on Russian roulette alternately taking shots of alcohol and then stamping on an unexploded Cambodian land mine. (Spoiler alert: the mine eventually exploded, demolishing the bar and killing all three men.)

Captain Obvious reports results

Sample size: 332 verified Darwin Awards 
Excluded:        14 (shared by male and female "winners") 
____________________________________________
Analyzed:      318

282 male vs. 36 female >>> 88.7% were males

The authors show this is statistically significant using the chi squared test, but it's really overkill at this point. 

Please feel free to read the report and explore the associated links for more goodness. ___

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2014-12-12 08:23:20 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Flowerpower for Friday?

I found this a rather unusual flower. I had no idea what it was when I first saw it. It's an artichoke. The flower belies its relationship with thistles.

Have a great Friday! I'll see you on the other side of work. 

Flowerpower for Friday?

I found this a rather unusual flower. I had no idea what it was when I first saw it. It's an artichoke. The flower belies its relationship with thistles.

Have a great Friday! I'll see you on the other side of work. ___

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2014-12-11 08:02:59 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Ginger Thorsday

Dr. Seuss should have written about cats in baskets instead of wearing hats, although come to think of it a basket and a hat would be most excellent. 

Have a great Thorsday! 

Ginger Thorsday

Dr. Seuss should have written about cats in baskets instead of wearing hats, although come to think of it a basket and a hat would be most excellent. 

Have a great Thorsday! ___

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2014-12-08 23:29:29 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Regular Programming Resumes

I've posted a few things that were fun for me to explore recently, but don't fit the profile most of you have me in as 

Yet Another Wannabe Photographer  (YAWP)

Here I return to your regularly scheduled broadcast and simultaneously answer a question posed by +Brynn Brown . It wasn't as easy to answer as I thought. 

Have a great Tuesday! and possibly Wednesday too 

Regular Programming Resumes

I've posted a few things that were fun for me to explore recently, but don't fit the profile most of you have me in as 

Yet Another Wannabe Photographer  (YAWP)

Here I return to your regularly scheduled broadcast and simultaneously answer a question posed by +Brynn Brown . It wasn't as easy to answer as I thought. 

Have a great Tuesday! and possibly Wednesday too ___

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2014-12-08 22:52:38 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Brilliant, scary, fascinating. I know, this isn't what most of you expect from someone, who's in your circles for photography. I'll return to regular programming soon.

On a different tangent [really read the article first], I was inspired to do an experiment just for fun. I tried this text (but I didn't get anything good back)

Azrubêl

Ni-tôdi azra
lômê kalubi
gimlî minalzê
idô zâira burôda.
êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Bawâb anâkhi,
azrâ phurusi
lâ azrubêlô 
yanakham nînî.

êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Balîka êphalî,
tâidô niyadda,
ki nîlo-dalad,
gimlinzil-bê.

narâk uyâdi azrada -
zirân, kitabdahê!


I'm sure at least one of you can provide a translation of that.
(Note: If you master this or a simi... more »

Brilliant, scary, fascinating. I know, this isn't what most of you expect from someone, who's in your circles for photography. I'll return to regular programming soon.

On a different tangent [really read the article first], I was inspired to do an experiment just for fun. I tried this text (but I didn't get anything good back)

Azrubêl

Ni-tôdi azra
lômê kalubi
gimlî minalzê
idô zâira burôda.
êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Bawâb anâkhi,
azrâ phurusi
lâ azrubêlô 
yanakham nînî.

êphal batân kiyada,
narâk uyâdi azrada.

Balîka êphalî,
tâidô niyadda,
ki nîlo-dalad,
gimlinzil-bê.

narâk uyâdi azrada -
zirân, kitabdahê!


I'm sure at least one of you can provide a translation of that.

(Note: If you master this or a similar language, kudos to you. However, as I'm not able to read it, please make your comments in English or at least another major Western European language.)

I do look forward to Google adding this and similar languages to Google translate. anyone at Google feel like tackling it as a minor project? ___

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2014-12-08 07:53:32 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Seen in my neighborhood. It's a good solution for a garden.

Happy Monday!

Seen in my neighborhood. It's a good solution for a garden.

Happy Monday!___

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2014-12-07 10:44:07 (42 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

What do I want for lunch?

I've been having fleeting and superficial fun the past day or so with the Internet and existentialism. 

Deciding what to have for lunch is an intriguing exercise under these aspects. Douglas Adams has several helpful thoughts about lunch:

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

and of course his more famous quote:

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so

All of which has led me to the inescapable conclusion that my decision of what to eat... more »

What do I want for lunch?

I've been having fleeting and superficial fun the past day or so with the Internet and existentialism. 

Deciding what to have for lunch is an intriguing exercise under these aspects. Douglas Adams has several helpful thoughts about lunch:

The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?

and of course his more famous quote:

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so

All of which has led me to the inescapable conclusion that my decision of what to eat for lunch is irrelevant. Given that lunchtime is an illusion and that whatever decision I appear to make, inevitably leads to the same conclusion, something with shrimp seems like a pretty good idea at the moment.

Have a great day and enjoy whatever you do, because if all actions eventually lead to the same outcome, why not enjoy the time you have?

Disclaimer

Nope, I'm not a philosopher and I don't fully understand the subtleties, but at my superficial level of understanding, I derive pleasure from humorous takes on existentialism. 
 
"Photos"

Photo: me, myself and I enjoying Bubba Gump's shrimp while vacationing in the summer.

Cartoon: found on the internet. I could not find the original posting anymore, but my best information indicates this is from the New Yorker Magazine, Sept. 23, 2013; artist Roz Chast. ___

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2014-12-06 10:53:31 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Adaptation

Here's a great example of a species living in a particular environmental niche and adapting to it supremely well. Long legs for walking in the surf along the shoreline and a profound proboscis for prodding out crabs, clams and any other morsels hiding in the flats.

I think that this may be a "marbled godwit" [ Limosa fedoa ]. Since that's quite a name let's jump right into it. Godwit supposedly derives from Old English god = good and wihte = creature/being. 

According to Wikipedia these birds are migratory. They breed in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. and in central Canada.  In the Fall they migrate to California (where I saw this example), the US Gulf Coast, Central America and South America.

The birds forage in mudflats, along beaches and in marshes. They typically eat worms, mollusks, crustaceans and sometimest... more »

Adaptation

Here's a great example of a species living in a particular environmental niche and adapting to it supremely well. Long legs for walking in the surf along the shoreline and a profound proboscis for prodding out crabs, clams and any other morsels hiding in the flats.

I think that this may be a "marbled godwit" [ Limosa fedoa ]. Since that's quite a name let's jump right into it. Godwit supposedly derives from Old English god = good and wihte = creature/being. 

According to Wikipedia these birds are migratory. They breed in the northern Great Plains of the U.S. and in central Canada.  In the Fall they migrate to California (where I saw this example), the US Gulf Coast, Central America and South America.

The birds forage in mudflats, along beaches and in marshes. They typically eat worms, mollusks, crustaceans and sometimes the aquatic (as opposed to buried) parts of plants. 

TIL (today i learned) a few other interesting tidbits about these birds.

A female bar-tailed godwit holds the record for the longest non-stop flight for a land bird.  How long you say? Eight (8!) days and 6,300 miles (10,080 km) from the North Island of New Zealand to Yalu Jiang in China.
Details here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070915131205.htm

Another tidbit is that these birds are apparently tasty. 

the dayntiest dish in England & I  think for the bignesse, of the biggest price (attributed to Sir Thomas Brown [1605-1682])

and also

but a fat Godwit is so fine and light a meat that noblemen (yea, and merchants too, by your leave) stick not to buy them at four nobles a dozen  (Thomas Muffet in "Health improvement" (1655))

Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marbled_godwit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwit
http://books.google.de/books?id=rN0UAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA69&lpg=PA69&dq=browne+godwit&source=bl&ots=vVhQK30Oto&sig=y1F1ico3MkEJz74UJWllyChebRQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aN6CVIj4GIWrPIX7gOAF&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=browne%20godwit&f=false___

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2014-12-05 08:19:28 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Unleashing my inner Calvin

It's Friday. Bill Watterson is a genius. When work is finally done, my inner Calvin shall come out and play.

Preview: possible Sartre for Saturday.

Unleashing my inner Calvin

It's Friday. Bill Watterson is a genius. When work is finally done, my inner Calvin shall come out and play.

Preview: possible Sartre for Saturday.___

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2014-12-04 07:44:42 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Echoes of Summer

Is it really Thorsday already? The past week or so has been a dreary, grey blur. Lots to do, but little change in the sky. Yesterday we did have big, wet, white snowflakes falling from the grey clouds, but we're still a bit above freezing, so everything melted away. 

I enjoy all the seasons, but I much prefer days with some light. The drab grey days are what bore me, which brings me to this picture. It seemed like an excellent day to inject a bit of color into the GPlus stream.

I hope you'll have a good start to the day and that it will get even better as the weekend draws closer. 

Echoes of Summer

Is it really Thorsday already? The past week or so has been a dreary, grey blur. Lots to do, but little change in the sky. Yesterday we did have big, wet, white snowflakes falling from the grey clouds, but we're still a bit above freezing, so everything melted away. 

I enjoy all the seasons, but I much prefer days with some light. The drab grey days are what bore me, which brings me to this picture. It seemed like an excellent day to inject a bit of color into the GPlus stream.

I hope you'll have a good start to the day and that it will get even better as the weekend draws closer. ___

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2014-12-02 07:08:45 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

While it's already December, I feel like this Frost poem still works, esp. given the bleak, dreary grey skies and barren trees. There is a melancholy beauty even in such conditions. It can't be long now until a proper winter comes. 

November Guest 

My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees, 
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday Ilearned ... more »

While it's already December, I feel like this Frost poem still works, esp. given the bleak, dreary grey skies and barren trees. There is a melancholy beauty even in such conditions. It can't be long now until a proper winter comes. 

November Guest 

My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees, 
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.

(Robert Frost)___

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2014-12-01 08:18:59 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Cute? Cuddly? Inquisitive?

Some tentacular cuttlefish posed for me at the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in August.

TIL (Today I learned) that cuttlefish previously were the source of the dye used for sepia. Fortunately artificial alternatives are used instead.

Other interesting facts:

1. Cephalopods and related to squid, octopi and nautiluses

2. They have an internal shell called the cuttlebone, which the cuttlefish uses in regulating buoyancy, but is best known as a dietary calcium supplement for parakeets. 

3. they have the one of the largest brain to body ratios among all invertebrates

4. cuttlefish have 8 arms and two tentacles

5. they have an ability to rapidly change their skin color and patterns, which is due to blue,red, yellow, brown and black chromatophores at density of approximately 360 dpi if converted... more »

Cute? Cuddly? Inquisitive?

Some tentacular cuttlefish posed for me at the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in August.

TIL (Today I learned) that cuttlefish previously were the source of the dye used for sepia. Fortunately artificial alternatives are used instead.

Other interesting facts:

1. Cephalopods and related to squid, octopi and nautiluses

2. They have an internal shell called the cuttlebone, which the cuttlefish uses in regulating buoyancy, but is best known as a dietary calcium supplement for parakeets. 

3. they have the one of the largest brain to body ratios among all invertebrates

4. cuttlefish have 8 arms and two tentacles

5. they have an ability to rapidly change their skin color and patterns, which is due to blue,red, yellow, brown and black chromatophores at density of approximately 360 dpi if converted to display/printing technology (which isn't applicable , but a good comparison for us to appreciate the resolution)

6. cuttlefish also have iridophores,  plates of chitin or protein, which can reflect the environment around a cuttlefish. They are responsible for the metallic blues, greens, golds, and silvers often seen on cuttlefish.

7. their eyes are W-shaped. 

8. cuttlefish blood is green-blue due to hemocyanin (copper based) instead of hemoglobin (iron based) carrying oxygen molecules. 

9. they have three hearts. One heart for each gill and a third heart to pump the blood to the rest of the body. This is due to hemocyanin having a lower overall efficiency (~25% of hemoglobin) in carrying oxygen. However in cold conditions with low oxygen pressure, hemocyanin can carry more oxygen than hemoglobin, so it's a sensible tradeoff for cuttlefish and octopi. 

10. in a case of "scientists haven't figured it all out yet", supposedly cuttlefish are color-blind. Which raises the question of how and why they match their surroundings or put on color displays for rivals if they don't perceive colors. methinks more research is required

As cuttlefish only live approximately one to two years, the next time I'm in Monterey, I'll see different ones.  

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuttlefish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemocyanin

Bonus videos:
National Geographic (cuttlefish hunting prey)
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/worlds-deadliest-ngs/deadliest-cuttlefish-camouflage

Nova/PBS documentary (52:48)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLWN6mvtUc4___

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2014-11-29 11:23:06 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

*Impressions from a small town Weihnachtsmarkt"

These are shots from my brief visit to the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) last night. Most of these are JPEG straight out of the camera. Some have been worked on in Lightroom from the RAW file. They are captioned.

I hope you have fun taking a virtual stroll along with me. As for the temperatures, well, my fingers got numb and you definitely needed a coat, but it was probably 2°C (~35°F), so pretty mild actually. No snow yet, but maybe we'll get some for Christmas. 

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a note and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Edit: PS. all shot with a 50 mm prime. sometimes a fixed field of view is good and makes you work differently. 

*Impressions from a small town Weihnachtsmarkt"

These are shots from my brief visit to the local Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) last night. Most of these are JPEG straight out of the camera. Some have been worked on in Lightroom from the RAW file. They are captioned.

I hope you have fun taking a virtual stroll along with me. As for the temperatures, well, my fingers got numb and you definitely needed a coat, but it was probably 2°C (~35°F), so pretty mild actually. No snow yet, but maybe we'll get some for Christmas. 

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a note and I'll do my best to get back to you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Edit: PS. all shot with a 50 mm prime. sometimes a fixed field of view is good and makes you work differently. ___

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2014-11-28 07:35:30 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Twofer Friday

Here's my "Black Friday" offering for you, my loyal GPlus viewers, friends and new folks as well. 

Both shots are of the city church in my town. One was shot with autumn foliage and the other is a reflection in the lower lake (more like a big pond). 

The weather is a uniform grey here today. sigh Hopefully, it is better where you are. I wish you a lovely Friday and a great start to the weekend!

Twofer Friday

Here's my "Black Friday" offering for you, my loyal GPlus viewers, friends and new folks as well. 

Both shots are of the city church in my town. One was shot with autumn foliage and the other is a reflection in the lower lake (more like a big pond). 

The weather is a uniform grey here today. sigh Hopefully, it is better where you are. I wish you a lovely Friday and a great start to the weekend!___

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2014-11-27 08:03:27 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Happy Thorsday!

since folks in the US are also celebrating Thanksgiving, I decided to go with a bird theme. 

I'm thankful that I got to see some wonderful sunsets in California and share them with my family. Those happy memories will be with us a long, long time. 

Have a great day and enjoy the time you have with family and friends!

Photo: Pismo Beach, California.

Happy Thorsday!

since folks in the US are also celebrating Thanksgiving, I decided to go with a bird theme. 

I'm thankful that I got to see some wonderful sunsets in California and share them with my family. Those happy memories will be with us a long, long time. 

Have a great day and enjoy the time you have with family and friends!

Photo: Pismo Beach, California.___

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2014-11-26 07:53:39 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Natural Split tone

No challenge needed; Monterey Bay Aquarium was kind enough to have gorgeous displays. Ok, to be honest, this may not be split tone, because that's in black and white/colorization with one color or tone for highlights and another for shadows, but it seems quite popular right now.

Complementary

It's far more accurate to say this is about complementary colors (opposite each other) on the color wheels with which I am familiar. Artists make use of them on regular basis to increase the impact of a painting by making an image or text stand out.

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
attributed to Van Gogh

I was happy to see this opportunity. Maybe one day I'll be able to get in for a real photo session (just photographers, tripod allowed).
This photo was shot as a tourist, so if... more »

Natural Split tone

No challenge needed; Monterey Bay Aquarium was kind enough to have gorgeous displays. Ok, to be honest, this may not be split tone, because that's in black and white/colorization with one color or tone for highlights and another for shadows, but it seems quite popular right now.

Complementary

It's far more accurate to say this is about complementary colors (opposite each other) on the color wheels with which I am familiar. Artists make use of them on regular basis to increase the impact of a painting by making an image or text stand out.

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
attributed to Van Gogh

I was happy to see this opportunity. Maybe one day I'll be able to get in for a real photo session (just photographers, tripod allowed).
This photo was shot as a tourist, so if you look for a similar opportunity you'll be able to see very much the same sight. Take time to find an angle that allows you to minimize the reflections (a polarizing filter helps) and be very patient for people to move to a different area.

Edit: OOOPS. missed by a factor of 10 in my notes. just checked the exif data. These were small and shot at 630 mm away. It was another tank with the big jellyfish. i messed up. 
As there is nothing in the image for a size comparison, you may be interested to know that this was a wide angle shot from about 20   feet (6 meters and change) away.  That should give you an idea of  -the size of the tank and just how long those tentacles are.

If you are in the Greater San Francisco Bay area and have a day or two to explore near there, Monterey Bay Aquarium is an absolute must visit as far as I am concerned. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!___

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2014-11-25 07:49:01 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

short note today, because it's difficult to type when there's a cat on your desk. Have a lovely Tuesday!

pic: vacation in California (Newport Beach; 1. Sept) 

short note today, because it's difficult to type when there's a cat on your desk. Have a lovely Tuesday!

pic: vacation in California (Newport Beach; 1. Sept) ___

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2014-11-24 08:43:48 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Munich

Last week I was in Munich for a conference. After the obligatory dinner, I got a quick shot of the Rathaus (town hall). Not my best, but considering the constraints, I can live with it.

Still under the weather (cold), but I'm going to get my work done anyway. I stayed indoors almost the whole weekend, despite the beautiful sunshine. Sunday afternoon, I had a brief walk with our guests. 

I hope you had a good weekend and wish you a great start to the week! I'm looking forward to all the recipe posts from the U.S.. I'm sure there will be some interesting ones. 

Munich

Last week I was in Munich for a conference. After the obligatory dinner, I got a quick shot of the Rathaus (town hall). Not my best, but considering the constraints, I can live with it.

Still under the weather (cold), but I'm going to get my work done anyway. I stayed indoors almost the whole weekend, despite the beautiful sunshine. Sunday afternoon, I had a brief walk with our guests. 

I hope you had a good weekend and wish you a great start to the week! I'm looking forward to all the recipe posts from the U.S.. I'm sure there will be some interesting ones. ___

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2014-11-21 08:35:01 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

At long last, Friday

The leaves are almost all gone now. Still I have the memories of their ephemeral beauty. 

I'm glad Friday rolled around for more reasons than usual this week. Hopefully, you'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

At long last, Friday

The leaves are almost all gone now. Still I have the memories of their ephemeral beauty. 

I'm glad Friday rolled around for more reasons than usual this week. Hopefully, you'll have a great Friday and an even better weekend!___

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2014-11-18 00:22:05 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Sunday shots, Part II

Before going into the photo information, let me wish you a great Tuesday! 

Photo stuff

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had a brief window of sunlight Sunday afternoon. After the shots at the pond, I was on my way to another part of town and saw some flowers still looking nice, so I had to stop and see how my macro worked with the AF on the 7D MkII. 

I'm quite happy. This was a sloppy one-handed shot and it's still a nice shot by my standards. I had to use my left hand to hold the flower so that it caught the light and shoot with my right hand while crouching down for the shot. The lens has no image stabilization (I thought I was being smart and saving money, but it wasn't a good decision. I should have gotten the one with IS...)  It turned out well anyway, which I attribute to the better AF and better sensorco... more »

Sunday shots, Part II

Before going into the photo information, let me wish you a great Tuesday! 

Photo stuff

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had a brief window of sunlight Sunday afternoon. After the shots at the pond, I was on my way to another part of town and saw some flowers still looking nice, so I had to stop and see how my macro worked with the AF on the 7D MkII. 

I'm quite happy. This was a sloppy one-handed shot and it's still a nice shot by my standards. I had to use my left hand to hold the flower so that it caught the light and shoot with my right hand while crouching down for the shot. The lens has no image stabilization (I thought I was being smart and saving money, but it wasn't a good decision. I should have gotten the one with IS...)  It turned out well anyway, which I attribute to the better AF and better sensor compared with my old 60D.

The three photos are actually all the same shot. The original is where you see me holding the flower. Then I cropped it a bit. Finally, I cropped it again to make the "close up" (at least it should look like one on your screen).  ___

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2014-11-17 07:56:28 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

short window of light

This weekend was quite full. I did have a brief window of sunshine on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which I could use. I decided to try and do a few different things.

Reflections were one of the things I tried along with learning to use the camera's exposure bracketing function. I learned that I really needed to underexpose compared to what my metering was telling me to get a picture that I liked. (also has to do with type of metering, in this case I was working with spot; if I had chosen a different type of the whole scene, I probably would have done better, but not learned as much)

I hope you'll have a great week! I'm not looking forward to my Monday workload, but let's get it behind us, right?. 

short window of light

This weekend was quite full. I did have a brief window of sunshine on Sunday afternoon around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which I could use. I decided to try and do a few different things.

Reflections were one of the things I tried along with learning to use the camera's exposure bracketing function. I learned that I really needed to underexpose compared to what my metering was telling me to get a picture that I liked. (also has to do with type of metering, in this case I was working with spot; if I had chosen a different type of the whole scene, I probably would have done better, but not learned as much)

I hope you'll have a great week! I'm not looking forward to my Monday workload, but let's get it behind us, right?. ___

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2014-11-15 18:02:39 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Late posting today. It's been one of those days where there hasn't been much free time and one or the other challenge to deal with technically, in this case power supply problems and no open computer store (when I was able to go), but I was able to find a workaround by reducing loads. I think I'll be building a new computer for Christmas, which will actually be fun. 

Anyway, I hope you're having a great day!

Enjoy a bit more of my Fall foliage collection. I hope you're not tired of it, but at the moment it's all I have to offer. With luck tomorrow will be a better day and the sun will shine for me. Maybe I'll get some new shots. 

Late posting today. It's been one of those days where there hasn't been much free time and one or the other challenge to deal with technically, in this case power supply problems and no open computer store (when I was able to go), but I was able to find a workaround by reducing loads. I think I'll be building a new computer for Christmas, which will actually be fun. 

Anyway, I hope you're having a great day!

Enjoy a bit more of my Fall foliage collection. I hope you're not tired of it, but at the moment it's all I have to offer. With luck tomorrow will be a better day and the sun will shine for me. Maybe I'll get some new shots. ___

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2014-11-13 23:59:43 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

Friday: Last Leaves?

It's early in the morning Friday. I got side-tracked with Internet articles... 

The colorful leaves are mostly gone from the trees where I live, so I'll need to look for new subjects during the next break in the weather.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Photo: probably the last of the Fall "leaf" series from me, although I'm thinking of making a set of 1920*1200 (or 1280) photos for people to use as wallpaper if they like. 

Friday: Last Leaves?

It's early in the morning Friday. I got side-tracked with Internet articles... 

The colorful leaves are mostly gone from the trees where I live, so I'll need to look for new subjects during the next break in the weather.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

Photo: probably the last of the Fall "leaf" series from me, although I'm thinking of making a set of 1920*1200 (or 1280) photos for people to use as wallpaper if they like. ___

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2014-11-13 08:11:37 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

mid-November Thorsday

What's not to love about Thorsday? Named after a Nordic god with a simple approach to life, it's a day I can get behind.

Neutronium hammer to solve problems?   .check.
Plays with lightning like Tesla?  .check.
Enjoys a good beer?  .check.
Straightforward like an Über Ned Stark?  .check.

Actually, I like Thorsdays, because I tend to frontload the work in my week. By the time I make it to Thorsday, I'm generally wrapping up many of the tasks I set for myself and refocusing on things I think will be important. Of course, curve balls and fire drills come in, but this is more time I can direct and less of dealing with the must-dos. 

Switching gears to the weather, I still have dreary grey skies, but last weekend there were a few sunny hours on Saturday and Sunday. As you know by now, I used them toget s... more »

mid-November Thorsday

What's not to love about Thorsday? Named after a Nordic god with a simple approach to life, it's a day I can get behind.

Neutronium hammer to solve problems?   .check.
Plays with lightning like Tesla?  .check.
Enjoys a good beer?  .check.
Straightforward like an Über Ned Stark?  .check.

Actually, I like Thorsdays, because I tend to frontload the work in my week. By the time I make it to Thorsday, I'm generally wrapping up many of the tasks I set for myself and refocusing on things I think will be important. Of course, curve balls and fire drills come in, but this is more time I can direct and less of dealing with the must-dos. 

Switching gears to the weather, I still have dreary grey skies, but last weekend there were a few sunny hours on Saturday and Sunday. As you know by now, I used them to get some of the Fall foliage. This one is my favorite shot from the weekend, but really only shows up best on a large screen. I saved it for Thorsday, because it was my favorite.

Have a lovely Thorsday and a little fun along the way too! 

Photo: JPEG from the camera. I'm curious what it  will look like when I have a RAW converter. Actually, I do with DPP 4.1, so what I should say is that I'm curious what it will look like when I can get it into LR or PS. ___

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2014-11-12 08:04:06 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 166 +1s)Open 

Cherry in the Fall

My cherries (this one is decorative) delight me twice a year. In the Spring, there are myriad glorious delicate white and pink-tinged flowers. In the Fall they consistently give me some days of lovely reds, oranges and yellows. They also make me rake the yard multiple times, but there's a price for everything, right?  

I hope you'll have a great Wednesday, full of light and color. It's grey here again today, but I had some good light last weekend and can savor that. 

Photo:

this one was cropped, because I wanted to emphasize the leaf patterns. It was shot with a zoom. I wasn't carrying the macro with me that day, because I was looking for colorful trees, which I generally either took with a wide angle to get them in their entirety or more often with a telephoto, so I could stand off and isolate leaves at a flata... more »

Cherry in the Fall

My cherries (this one is decorative) delight me twice a year. In the Spring, there are myriad glorious delicate white and pink-tinged flowers. In the Fall they consistently give me some days of lovely reds, oranges and yellows. They also make me rake the yard multiple times, but there's a price for everything, right?  

I hope you'll have a great Wednesday, full of light and color. It's grey here again today, but I had some good light last weekend and can savor that. 

Photo:

this one was cropped, because I wanted to emphasize the leaf patterns. It was shot with a zoom. I wasn't carrying the macro with me that day, because I was looking for colorful trees, which I generally either took with a wide angle to get them in their entirety or more often with a telephoto, so I could stand off and isolate leaves at a flat angle. ___

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2014-11-11 07:47:15 (25 comments, 12 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)

More Fall colors

I like the fact that not all the trees change color at the same time in the Fall. It makes some really standout.

I would type more, but perhaps brevity is better, esp. since Ginger, our cat, is demanding to be petted. she seems jealous of the keyboard. must go before she nips my fingers.

Have a great Tuesday!

photo: straight out of camera JPEG. I am using it as my desktop wallpaper currently :-)___

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2014-11-10 08:26:47 (20 comments, 18 reshares, 195 +1s)Open 

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.

Marcus Aurelius

How fitting that even as a tree prepares seeds for the next Spring, its leaves have a glorious last moment in the sun.___

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2014-11-09 21:36:36 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

It's been a busy weekend and only partially for things I expected to be busy with. The weather cooperated for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, so I got out and tried things with my new toy. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you and wish you a good start to the week. 

It's been a busy weekend and only partially for things I expected to be busy with. The weather cooperated for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, so I got out and tried things with my new toy. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.

I hope the weekend has been kind to you and wish you a good start to the week. ___

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2014-11-07 22:39:35 (37 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

First shots: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

tl;dr
New camera with great features for an amateur like myself. It's especially attractive for sports/wildlife, because of the excellent AF and high speed photography (10 frames per second). I'm impressed with the 7D MkII and think it's a huge step up from my previous DSLR. I have only used a few features and made a few shots, but I like the results very much. 

Introduction

Friday, October 30, I was extremely surprised that the local photo store contacted me to let me know the 7DMkII was already in. They let me have a hands on "preview" of one of the two cameras they had just gotten. I was not expecting to see this camera before the middle of November.

Due to some work obligations it wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that I could get back there and purchase the camera. I have... more »

First shots: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

tl;dr
New camera with great features for an amateur like myself. It's especially attractive for sports/wildlife, because of the excellent AF and high speed photography (10 frames per second). I'm impressed with the 7D MkII and think it's a huge step up from my previous DSLR. I have only used a few features and made a few shots, but I like the results very much. 

Introduction

Friday, October 30, I was extremely surprised that the local photo store contacted me to let me know the 7DMkII was already in. They let me have a hands on "preview" of one of the two cameras they had just gotten. I was not expecting to see this camera before the middle of November.

Due to some work obligations it wasn't until Wednesday afternoon that I could get back there and purchase the camera. I have had only a little time with it, but I thought I could share some first impressions with you.

Stepping Up

For me the Canon EOS 7D Mk II  is quite a step up from my EOS 60D. Back in 2011 when I was trying to decide between the 60D and the first generation 7D  I opted for the 60D, because I wasn't sure that I would actually use all the features of the 7D. The 60D seemed like a very good camera at a good price point and would be good enough for me. It certainly has been a fun camera. Over the years though I've slowly become aware of a few things as I shoot and try to find nice images to share on GPlus. I began to notice limitations and wishing I could do a few things differently. The past year I've held off on getting a new camera, because there were rumors of a 7D MkII coming out. If it hadn't, I probably would have stepped up to a 6D or maybe even a 5D MkIII

What makes the 7D MkII attractive to me?

1. it's APS-C. I'm not tied to my APS-C lenses, although I do like the EFS 10-22mm. I would take a bit of a loss moving to Full Format (FF), but the main consideration for me is the great reach the APS-C crop gives me. When I put on the EF 100-400 mm zoom to go and photograph raptors, I get an effective focal length of up to 640 mm thanks to the 1.6x crop factor vs. FF.

2. The Auto Focus system had 65 cross points. It's phenomenal and a world of difference to anything I've ever used before. Quick, crisp, precise. It's still easy to pick the wrong part of the picture to focus on,  but it's also easy to find just that one spot you want to get. 

3. Auto Focus for raptors. I am told, but have not yet tried it out, that the camera has excellent tracking for birds in flight. I'm eager to use this feature once I know what I'm doing in the various modes.

4. Up to 10 frame/sec. I think I'll have some nice pictures of raptors if I use this and the auto focus well. 

5. Dual memory cards. One is CF and one is SD. I like this a lot. I'm putting the RAW files on the CF and JPEG on the SD card in parallel. 

6. the shutter. This may sound odd, but the shutter, while not silent is a lot quieter. I like that a lot. It also feels lighter/more responsive. I can't explain that, because we're talking about me as a human holding a few kilos of camera and lens and claiming to notice a difference, but it still feels different to me even if I can't quantify it. 

7. Better chip. It's a new generation chip with dual pixels. I think that gives an advantage to people using it for filming, but it also makes a difference in the AF for stills. At least I'm attributing a lot of the focus improvement to that.

8. Better ISO. I wouldn't dream of pushing my 60D past ISO 1600. Usually I would limit it to 800 max. Just too noisy. The 7DMkII is advertised as better and I will agree from what I've seen. It's not going to be the equal of a 6D (Full Format), which is probably the best in terms of noise in Canon's lineup and certainly the Sony sensors are even better, but it's good enough. I can think about 1600 or maybe even 3200 with this camera.

9. Build quality. This thing is a tank. I was skeptical about the 4x better weather-proofing until I saw a teardown of the camera. I'm not worried about being out in the elements with this baby. Also, the shutter is rated for 200000 shots, which is 1/3 more than the 60D. 


Cons

Not many for me really, but I'll list a few from my perspective.

1. No WiFi. Not don't get me wrong! I don't want WiFi to transfer my files. What I would like though is for the camera to come with WiFi or at least BlueTooth, so that I could control it from my mobile phone. I have a scenario where I like to setup a tripod and put the camera on it to take long exposure star photos. I might expose for 15 or 30 seconds. It would be nice to not touch the camera at all for fine focusing. The Live View mode with 5x magnification is great (at least on the 60D. I assume so here too). I can use a remote and self-timer, but I don't like having to touch the camera to review and adjust. Thus Wifi plus an application on my laptop or on my mobile phone would be ideal. There is a WiFi add-on, but it is outrageously priced.

2.  I get that Canon opted for a fixed no-touch display in order to make it more rugged, but I really liked my articulated display on the 60D. I could take some shots at odd angles and use the live view mode to focus on the display (I normally use the optical viewfinder). When I'm in star-shooting mode, I'm going to have some awkward angles for my neck since this screen is fixed.... 

3. the price. It's pretty steep for someone who shoots as a hobby, but I'm sure it will come down. I didn't have to be an early adopter. For me this camera was a no-brainer, but I still would have liked it for a couple of hundred less. On the other hand, I'm getting a lot for the money. It's a fair deal as far as I'm concerned, but not one everyone will be comfortable with. That's where either the 6D (FF) or the 70D (APS-C) are attractive alternatives. 

4. For now, I can't use Adobe products to work on the RAW files. I did briefly look into the Digital Photo Professional software from Canon. You can open the RAW files and transfer them into Adobe as a TIFF, so it works, but it's not my desired "workflow". I don't particularly care for DPP, but for a few weeks I may work with it. 

5. It's still noisy. Very much improved over the 60D, but not as much as I had hoped. If you're serious about portraits, studio, product photography then you probably have to go Full Format in the Canon line-up. The 6D is good. Sony chips (in Nikon and Sony alphas) are even better in this regard. 

About the Photos

You're getting straight-out-of-the-camera (SooC) JPEGs. I believe I uploaded them at full size ( need to check EDIT. I did upload them with Google's default limit of 2048 x 1365 on.). My apologies to mobile users. I usually downsize so the load times are reasonable, but for purposes of sharing samples, I need to show these AS SHOT. 

I have only stepped in and taken control of exposures one or two times in these shots. Partly, that's because I'm not that familiar with all the controls (there is a learning curve coming from the 60D), but it's also deliberate. I want to understand how this camera reacts to different conditions before I start to override.

Lenses used:

1. a few shots with my EF 50 mm 1.4 lens. 
2. everything else with the EFS 18-135 mm IS (not STM), which I got as a kit lens with the 60D.

ISO ranges in the shots are anywhere from 100 all the way up to 6400. I wouldn't use the high ISO, because they are too noisy still, but they are ok for "snapshots".  

Other features of note

I haven't touched on some items that I think are attractive features of the camera. They don't deserve paragraphs, but I like them. 

1. Better metering 
2. Dual Digic 6 chips. I think this is the most processing power Canon has put into one of it's DSLRs. It shows. The camera is always there. I don't wait with this one. 
3. Intervalvometer. This one excites me. I think I may actually do something creative with this feature. 
4. GPS. Not an important feature for me, but who knows? I might be glad to use it to track where I shot photos while on vacation. 
5. Battery compatibility with the older LPE6 batteries like my 60D uses. 
6. Control layout. I especially like the depth-of-field preview button placement, but also the different control dials and the toggle. Very good ergonomics as far as I'm concerned.

Conclusion

Keep the reviewer's use case in mind. I'm an amateur. I tend to take a lot of outdoor shots: landscapes, buildings, wildlife. This camera is especially exciting to me for the possibilities it offers me when photographing birds in flight, but I think it's quite solid in other use cases too. 

This camera is great at what it does, but it's not a substitute for full format in certain aspects: noise, depth of field, bokeh, etc. The APS-C crop factor of the 7DMkII is excellent for me and my use cases though. 

Would I recommend this camera? Absolutely. I'm delighted with it. I do think there are a few good alternatives to look at though.

If you're looking at Canon cameras and thinking full frame then the 6D looks like an excellent choice for advanced amateurs or even pros. If you're in APS-C then the 70D is a lot of camera at a good price. It's the follow-on model to the 60D, which I used for years and can highly recommend for most amateurs like myself.  There are also excellent cameras by Sony and Nikon and others worth consideration as well, but since I've only used Canon and Minolta (sadly gone, although one could argue they live on in Sony camera), I'll stick to only writing about the Canon models.

Thanks for reading this far. As you can tell, I'm excited about the camera. I look forward to your comments.  


#canon   #canonphotography   #canonphotographers   #canonusers   #eos7dmarkii  ___

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2014-11-07 08:45:59 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Friday and how I spent an hour reading Nietzsche quotes

There's a backstory to this, which involves a brilliant blogger, her socks, cereal bowls and Nietzsche, but alas that effort did not bear fruit. Still the idea was delicious until I actually began to speed read Nietzsche quotes and build up a picture of him. Some brilliant thoughts, some misogynist thoughts, some absolutely horrible ideas as they were misinterpreted later, etc.

In the end, I decided this was perhaps the most appropriate quote both in terms of Nietzsche's works and his teachings:

Zur Meisterschaft eines Meisters gehört es, seine Schüler vor sich zu warnen.  

[freely translated] Part of the mastery of a master is to warn his followers about himself 

We could go on, but the real world calls me and tells me that I am late for the mundane tasks which must be done. Ido ... more »

Friday and how I spent an hour reading Nietzsche quotes

There's a backstory to this, which involves a brilliant blogger, her socks, cereal bowls and Nietzsche, but alas that effort did not bear fruit. Still the idea was delicious until I actually began to speed read Nietzsche quotes and build up a picture of him. Some brilliant thoughts, some misogynist thoughts, some absolutely horrible ideas as they were misinterpreted later, etc.

In the end, I decided this was perhaps the most appropriate quote both in terms of Nietzsche's works and his teachings:

Zur Meisterschaft eines Meisters gehört es, seine Schüler vor sich zu warnen.  

[freely translated] Part of the mastery of a master is to warn his followers about himself 

We could go on, but the real world calls me and tells me that I am late for the mundane tasks which must be done. I do suspect I shall explore these thoughts further.

In the meantime, have a great Friday and don't get so caught up following the path that you lose sight of your goal. 

h/t +Adella Wright 

Photo: up on the Nebelkogel in Austria. nice view and a different perspective on things, attained with leg and lung power. :-)___

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2014-11-06 08:01:29 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Big Sur

Don't ask me where exactly as I didn't take notes, but just enjoyed the drive. There were some lovely old bridges and vistas along the Pacific Coast. Occasionally, I also saw a trail or two. All we had time for was to drive through, but maybe it would be worth going back for a day or two just to explore it more.

I bring you exceedingly good tidings: today is #Thorsday and the weekend approacheth. Enjoy the day!

Big Sur

Don't ask me where exactly as I didn't take notes, but just enjoyed the drive. There were some lovely old bridges and vistas along the Pacific Coast. Occasionally, I also saw a trail or two. All we had time for was to drive through, but maybe it would be worth going back for a day or two just to explore it more.

I bring you exceedingly good tidings: today is #Thorsday and the weekend approacheth. Enjoy the day!___

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2014-11-05 08:23:03 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Time for a change

It's grey, rainy, dreary and the past two days have been rather challenging. Mentally, I'm switching gears from slogging through mode to this is Sparta! mode. 

In case that's a little over the top, how about a little sunshine to contemplate? Not only is it Wednesday, which means half of the work-week will be behind us, but it's also +Dryade Geo 's birthday. She's made me laugh quite a few times with her GPlus posts. DG likes birds, so here's a pelican for you DG. DG also likes puns, but I'll pun her privately and spare you.

Have a great Wednesday!


 

Time for a change

It's grey, rainy, dreary and the past two days have been rather challenging. Mentally, I'm switching gears from slogging through mode to this is Sparta! mode. 

In case that's a little over the top, how about a little sunshine to contemplate? Not only is it Wednesday, which means half of the work-week will be behind us, but it's also +Dryade Geo 's birthday. She's made me laugh quite a few times with her GPlus posts. DG likes birds, so here's a pelican for you DG. DG also likes puns, but I'll pun her privately and spare you.

Have a great Wednesday!


 ___

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2014-11-03 23:43:01 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

One and a half interesting men

Monday was suboptimal, but I survived it. Just in case Tuesday isn't any better, I'm getting in a picture post early today (~0040). 
May Tuesday go smoothly for you!

Picture: unexpected things happen on trips sometimes. the location? The Cool Cat Cafe in Pismo Beach, California. The photo op was too good to pass up.  

One and a half interesting men

Monday was suboptimal, but I survived it. Just in case Tuesday isn't any better, I'm getting in a picture post early today (~0040). 
May Tuesday go smoothly for you!

Picture: unexpected things happen on trips sometimes. the location? The Cool Cat Cafe in Pismo Beach, California. The photo op was too good to pass up.  ___

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2014-11-03 07:43:15 (17 comments, 3 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Hitchcock

I saw these birds on a boat ( Irene's Way ) in the harbor of Morro Bay, CA. and knew I had to take a picture. What I also noticed was that some boats and houses had an outdoor statue of an owl on the roof or otherwise displayed prominently in an effort to scare the birds away. It seemed to work. Maybe Irene should think about becoming friends with owls. Who doesn't like owls?

Last week I also found out that there's a group on GPlus, which likes pictures of cables. therefore I'm tagging in +Cableicous  #Cableicous 

Have a great start to the week!

Hitchcock

I saw these birds on a boat ( Irene's Way ) in the harbor of Morro Bay, CA. and knew I had to take a picture. What I also noticed was that some boats and houses had an outdoor statue of an owl on the roof or otherwise displayed prominently in an effort to scare the birds away. It seemed to work. Maybe Irene should think about becoming friends with owls. Who doesn't like owls?

Last week I also found out that there's a group on GPlus, which likes pictures of cables. therefore I'm tagging in +Cableicous  #Cableicous 

Have a great start to the week!___

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2014-11-02 09:46:57 (25 comments, 3 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Morning Light

Fall is a wonderful time, full of light and colors. It's warm; it's crisply cool. Contrasts, echoes and foretastes of what was and what will be. I enjoy it perhaps the most of all the seasons, although I certainly try to savor them all. Little things still hold beauty and wonder for me.

Here's my offering to you today. I hope you have a relaxing day and enjoy it however you can. Maybe it will be with family, friends, a faithful pet, a book, listening to music, a day outdoors, etc...  Happy Sunday!

Morning Light

Fall is a wonderful time, full of light and colors. It's warm; it's crisply cool. Contrasts, echoes and foretastes of what was and what will be. I enjoy it perhaps the most of all the seasons, although I certainly try to savor them all. Little things still hold beauty and wonder for me.

Here's my offering to you today. I hope you have a relaxing day and enjoy it however you can. Maybe it will be with family, friends, a faithful pet, a book, listening to music, a day outdoors, etc...  Happy Sunday!___

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2014-10-31 07:54:42 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Happy Friday!

I know in the US and a few other places people are celebrating Halloween, but I think Friday is reason enough to be happy. This anthropomorphic mouse concurs with my assessment. 

Seen on my Sunday photo-walkabout my small town while I was shooting for +Wanda Howe 's #HoweInspired  "challenge". As for the mouse, I think  Britta and Chris did a pretty good job copying Uli Stein's original. 

About the photo:
It was already almost dark by the time I passed this garage on my mini-photowalk. Since I was doing handheld shots, I had to boost the ISO to 3200, which is rather grainy. I've cropped it and adjusted temperatures and tried to reduce noise using the luminescence control during the PS import from the RAW file. There's no substitute for good light.... 

Happy Friday!

I know in the US and a few other places people are celebrating Halloween, but I think Friday is reason enough to be happy. This anthropomorphic mouse concurs with my assessment. 

Seen on my Sunday photo-walkabout my small town while I was shooting for +Wanda Howe 's #HoweInspired  "challenge". As for the mouse, I think  Britta and Chris did a pretty good job copying Uli Stein's original. 

About the photo:
It was already almost dark by the time I passed this garage on my mini-photowalk. Since I was doing handheld shots, I had to boost the ISO to 3200, which is rather grainy. I've cropped it and adjusted temperatures and tried to reduce noise using the luminescence control during the PS import from the RAW file. There's no substitute for good light.... ___

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2014-10-30 08:14:52 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Cresent Moon and Birch

Another shot from around my little town as part of my #howeinspired  series (+Wanda Howe ). Some evenings I have great sunsets here even though the sun itself is blocked by buildings. I still get the colors and dramatic clouds.

Have a great #Thorsday !

Cresent Moon and Birch

Another shot from around my little town as part of my #howeinspired  series (+Wanda Howe ). Some evenings I have great sunsets here even though the sun itself is blocked by buildings. I still get the colors and dramatic clouds.

Have a great #Thorsday !___

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2014-10-29 08:17:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday   #howeinspired  ( +Wanda Howe )

#wordlessonwednesday   #howeinspired  ( +Wanda Howe )___

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2014-10-28 08:24:30 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Another picture from around my little town.

Under time pressure today, so not much to say about it. This is the upper lake with a view towards the town hall (Rathaus) a little left of the middle and the city church a bit to the right.

Have a great Tuesday!

second in #howeinspired  by +Wanda Howe 

Another picture from around my little town.

Under time pressure today, so not much to say about it. This is the upper lake with a view towards the town hall (Rathaus) a little left of the middle and the city church a bit to the right.

Have a great Tuesday!

second in #howeinspired  by +Wanda Howe ___

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2014-10-27 21:04:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Insightful, thoughtful, personal and powerful. 

It's rare that I'll share someone else's articles, but I think this one on the topic of bullying is definitely an article that should reach a wider audience. 

Please plus and comment on the original post by +Jacob Dix , so that you're part of the discussion there and so that Jacob has an easier time responding. 

Bully Free Zone

I had the chance this summer to pass by my old elementary school, Gonzalvez Elementary, in Cerritos, CA, where I was bullied every single day as a kid. While there, I saw this sign – “bully free zone”. Part of me doesn’t believe a word of it. Part of me – and I’m a high school teacher – hopes they took real steps to mean what those words say. That was over 30 years ago. It’s still a tough image.

http://www.mobilography.net/bully-free-zone/

Site || www.mobilography.net
Page || +Mobilography
Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #SmartphonePhotography #Bullying #BullyPrevention ___Insightful, thoughtful, personal and powerful. 

It's rare that I'll share someone else's articles, but I think this one on the topic of bullying is definitely an article that should reach a wider audience. 

Please plus and comment on the original post by +Jacob Dix , so that you're part of the discussion there and so that Jacob has an easier time responding. 

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2014-10-27 08:18:46 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

I've got nothing

Seen about town. I have no idea what inspired this display, but hey there are lines and a surreal sense of mobility. I like the touch of leaving a tire pump on the bike. 

Have a great Monday and may a little weekend unconventionality carry over for you.

+Wanda Howe : it's not Stuttgart, but starting with my little town and its quirks is a start... #HoweInspired

I've got nothing

Seen about town. I have no idea what inspired this display, but hey there are lines and a surreal sense of mobility. I like the touch of leaving a tire pump on the bike. 

Have a great Monday and may a little weekend unconventionality carry over for you.

+Wanda Howe : it's not Stuttgart, but starting with my little town and its quirks is a start... #HoweInspired___

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2014-10-26 09:59:25 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Fragmented Time and Space

How appropriate that I should stumble upon a distorting window, showing the world in flux, on the day that we have a time change. ( Ok technically it happened in the wee hours of the next day, but humor me )

The effect you're seeing is due to glass. I noticed a fabulous window that had all kinds of patterns. I think with a real camera (this was a smartphone shot), I could have focused on the glass surface itself, but the distortion of the world outside should give you an idea.

I'm not well versed in types of glass, but this seems to be "reamy" glass. As I understand it one method is: a cylindrical tube of glass is blown then cut, then reheated until it lies flat. Another company calls it "Baroque glass" and says they make it by making a mixture of two different kinds of glass.  Whatever it is, I loved the swirls... more »

Fragmented Time and Space

How appropriate that I should stumble upon a distorting window, showing the world in flux, on the day that we have a time change. ( Ok technically it happened in the wee hours of the next day, but humor me )

The effect you're seeing is due to glass. I noticed a fabulous window that had all kinds of patterns. I think with a real camera (this was a smartphone shot), I could have focused on the glass surface itself, but the distortion of the world outside should give you an idea.

I'm not well versed in types of glass, but this seems to be "reamy" glass. As I understand it one method is: a cylindrical tube of glass is blown then cut, then reheated until it lies flat. Another company calls it "Baroque glass" and says they make it by making a mixture of two different kinds of glass.  Whatever it is, I loved the swirls and breaks. I think I could go back there one day with my DSLR and if the sunlight is right, get a fantastic shot of a tree through this glass. At least in my mind's eye it is a beautiful image to be.

I like it when something unexpected catches my eye and ignites my imagination. It was a good day.

Here's hoping that a similar, pleasant surprise happens to you today! ___

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2014-10-25 09:44:44 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

That Day Again

Have a great start to the weekend and enjoy all those cats in your stream, because it's that day again. I'm joining in, because I feel lazy today.

My BW challenge was fun, but interactions are down. I'm not sure if it was the BW, the photos were just "meh" for the beholders, maybe it was due to the Google outage (some calling it a glitch, but for me it was an outage) or maybe they changed the matrix algorithms again. In any event, I'll let Ginger do the talking today and see how things go. 

For those of you, who read this far, I need some inspiration. Any ideas for me? Extra motivation?

Off to Stuttgart to celebrate my son's birthday and get him winter clothes.... catch you later.

Ginger, you have the conn

That Day Again

Have a great start to the weekend and enjoy all those cats in your stream, because it's that day again. I'm joining in, because I feel lazy today.

My BW challenge was fun, but interactions are down. I'm not sure if it was the BW, the photos were just "meh" for the beholders, maybe it was due to the Google outage (some calling it a glitch, but for me it was an outage) or maybe they changed the matrix algorithms again. In any event, I'll let Ginger do the talking today and see how things go. 

For those of you, who read this far, I need some inspiration. Any ideas for me? Extra motivation?

Off to Stuttgart to celebrate my son's birthday and get him winter clothes.... catch you later.

Ginger, you have the conn___

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2014-10-24 06:52:34 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Dark Side is the Best Side

While the Dark Lord found my lack of faith in England's football team disturbing, he does have good taste in music.

Hey, it's finally Friday, so cut loose and have a bit of fun!

Day 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Which means that you're safe from anymore. Thanks to Lord Vaderwannabe, I didn't have to resort to a selfie. 

Photo: my best friend, who I have known since 8th grade, was kind enough to give me permission to share this photo. It was just a snapshot while we were clowning around at his house. I saw the Darth Vader helmet and asked him to pose for me next to the Pink Floyd poster. Quite a wit and probably the smartest person I know in real life.

The Dark Side is the Best Side

While the Dark Lord found my lack of faith in England's football team disturbing, he does have good taste in music.

Hey, it's finally Friday, so cut loose and have a bit of fun!

Day 5 of the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge . Which means that you're safe from anymore. Thanks to Lord Vaderwannabe, I didn't have to resort to a selfie. 

Photo: my best friend, who I have known since 8th grade, was kind enough to give me permission to share this photo. It was just a snapshot while we were clowning around at his house. I saw the Darth Vader helmet and asked him to pose for me next to the Pink Floyd poster. Quite a wit and probably the smartest person I know in real life.___

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2014-10-23 07:04:54 (39 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Thorsday!

Today is going to be an awesome Thorsday. Not only is it Day 4 out of 5 for my participation in  the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge , but folks in North America are going to have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. I'm looking forward to the photos.  

Today's subject? Squirrel. An online friend decided to name a company Squirrel, so why not roll with that? Also, serves as effective misdirection.

My asking for volunteers to participate in the 5-day challenge hasn't worked so well. I do know lots of photographers, who quite possibly have already done the 5 day challenge before it got to me, so I hesitate to call on them. I certainly try to catch people regularly, but I probably miss more posts than I should.

Anyway, since no one has volunteered so far, I nominate the following lucky souls to participate:

+AndreasK... more »

Thorsday!

Today is going to be an awesome Thorsday. Not only is it Day 4 out of 5 for my participation in  the #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge , but folks in North America are going to have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. I'm looking forward to the photos.  

Today's subject? Squirrel. An online friend decided to name a company Squirrel, so why not roll with that? Also, serves as effective misdirection.

My asking for volunteers to participate in the 5-day challenge hasn't worked so well. I do know lots of photographers, who quite possibly have already done the 5 day challenge before it got to me, so I hesitate to call on them. I certainly try to catch people regularly, but I probably miss more posts than I should.

Anyway, since no one has volunteered so far, I nominate the following lucky souls to participate:

+Andreas Katifes 
+Shawna Mac 
+Sirpa Väänänen 
+Siri Sieber 
+Terence Petersen-Ajbro  

Wow us with your photos, wits or both! Also, please tag me in your posts, so I can ensure daily plus love for your efforts.

Now, everyone go out and have a great Thorsday!___

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